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Long fat gainer, longing to be a leaner fitter person!

Member Since: 12/19/2010

Fitness Minutes: 55

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  • v MRE1956
    Don't worry - I definitely won't call you Shirley!


    (RIP Leslie Nielsen - that kind of humor will definitely be missed these days)


    You've come to an emoticon place for support and information! Make sure you stay around - it's worth it!

    emoticon to SP and best wishes!
    3221 days ago
    emoticon Greetings and emoticon

    I'm glad you're getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support.

    In my experience, SparkPeople is like a emoticon in some ways - it's lots of fun and easy to make friends because we're all in this together. I like the way a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is emphasized instead of a 'quick fix wonder diet' - it's about waaaaaay more than 'just' losing weight so you have definitely come to the right place!


    If you ever need any help using features of the site, there are tutorial videos under the HELP section that can show you how to use the features of the site. You can also find them on the START page and several other places on the site.


    If you haven't discovered The Spark book and/or the SparkDiet linked at the bottom of the START page, check them out - the program is simple but extremely effective. There is a TON of information on this site - so much it might even seem overwhelming but fortunately we don't have to 'digest' everything at once! The FastBreak program is a good way to start.


    Another nice thing about SparkPeople is that we have permission to be human - we don't have to change everything at once or be in a hurry to reach our goals. Take a few baby steps and then a few more and before you know it, you'll have completed a long journey - I hope you enjoy this community as much as I do - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!


    3222 days ago
  • v no profile image KATTYKATHY
    Thank you for adding me as a friend. Sorry to hear about all the problems that have plagued you. Loosing a family member is a major lifestyle change both mental and emotional. I have lived in my mother's house for 15 years and it is just now starting to be mine. Yours was a toilet, mine was the furnace on the friday I returned to work after being off for 2 months with a broken ankle and it was the weekend of the -5 windchill. But I still counted out the chocolate that I was allowed and froze my measured meals as normal. Just focus on your goals, not the present annoyances.
    3222 days ago
    Welcome to SparkPeople!

    Start with your Start Page! Here is a video to help you unlock the power of Your Start Page:

    Here's the video for the Nutrition Tracker - the best tool online!

    I was 54 when I joined SparkPeople and 56 when I came back and started my Spark Program, starting with Stage One. This is a one day at a time program, but if you do the SparkPeople Program Steps, it really does work. I am terribly average, it's the SP program that is extraordinary.

    I found logging my foods in the Nutrition Tracker helped me to lose 90 lbs in 16 months! I started at 210 and went to 120.

    I hung clothing that was too small on my closet door and every time I would get discouraged I would try them on. Week by week they started fitting! That kept me motivated.

    Welcome aboard, we really are all in the same boat! Sometimes we can sail right along but sometimes we have to be rowing like crazy!

    You can make it happen! SparkPeople really does work!


    3222 days ago
  • v IRISH_EYES_66
    It is nice to meet you! You are going to love it here!! Spark is a very supportive community where you can realize your goals. I highly recommend joining a few teams to meet some of our members to share ideas and get added support when you need it. Good luck in reaching your goal!!

    3222 days ago
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